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Slain minister Pandya's wife to contest on GPP ticket

Posted on Nov 29, 10:23PM | UNI

Jagruti Pandya, widow of slain BJP minister Haren Pandya, will contest from Ellisbridge Assembly constituency of Ahmedabad on a Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) ticket.

Ms Pandya was slated to file her nomination later in the day.

Talking to mediapersons here, Ms Pandya said she has decided to contest the elections on a GPP ticket as she had waited ten years for justice but her husband Haren's real assassins are still at large.

Claiming that her husband's murder was a political one, Ms Pandya said she decided to jump into the electoral politics to secure justice. She said that her husband remained loyal to the BJP all his life but the party has deviated from its original ideology.

Haren Pandya, former home minister in rebel leader Keshubhai Patel's ministry, who recently floated the GPP, was murdered in 2003 in Ahmedabad. He had reportedly fallen out with chief minister Narendra Modi on certain issues soon after the latter took over as the Chief Minister replacing Mr Patel in 2002.